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Telespazio Achieves Full Certification of its Fucino Space Centre from WTA

Friday, November 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Owen
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(November 16, 2018 – New York City) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), has achieved Tier 4 full certification of its Fucino Space Centre under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.

Since its introduction at IBC 2015, the Certification program has quickly grown in popularity.  Starting with one certified facility in 2015, the program has certified more than 40 in 3 years, and currently has 10 teleports engaged in the quality evaluation process. Certifications have been issued to teleports operated by Eutelsat, du, COMSAT, Signalhorn, Optus, Globecomm, Horizon, Media Broadcast, Elara Comunicaciones, GlobalSat, Talia, Telenor, Vivacom, Cyta, Batelco, Singtel, CETel, Etisalat, Hawaii Pacific Teleport, Intelsat, Speedcast, Telstra and Arqiva. The industry has quickly adopted the transparent, independently verified standards as a means for teleports to differentiate themselves and for customers to choose the price-performance level suitable for their applications. 

Full Certification under the WTA program is the result of a comprehensive data-collection and inspection process. A teleport operator completes a +170-item questionnaire and submits it to WTA. The Association analyzes the data based on standards established by its Certification Committee and issues the Provisional Certification based on the self-reported information. The teleport then has six months to achieve Full Certification. To achieve Full Certification under WTA’s program, an auditor is dispatched to visit the teleport, provide independent validation of the data submitted in the questionnaire, and identify additional factors that may positively or negatively affect the score. Full Certification is issued at a Tier number from 1 through 4, of which 4 represents the highest degree of excellence, and remains in effect for 3 years.

“We are very proud for obtaining the Tier 4 full certification, granted by the WTA, for our Fucino Space Center. Telespazio continues to be a best in class service provider and this certification is the result of the continuous work carried out by our team to provide an excellent service”, said Marco Brancati, CTO of Telespazio. “This allows us to position ourselves with a clear differentiator which gives greater confidence to our customers. Our Space Center staff has the technical capability to support a wide variety of network services as well as the personal skills to work with customers to meet a specific need.”

“Telespazio’s Fucino Space Centre has become the first teleport in Italy to gain full certification,” said executive director Robert Bell.  “Satellite operators and end-customers are now including certification as a question in their RFPs, which increases the value of the program to teleport operators.” 

WTA’s Teleport Certification Program serves both teleport operators and their customers by creating an objective, transparent, and internationally accepted method for teleport operators to document the quality of their operations for customers and strategic partners. It also provides a means for customers to select teleport vendors delivering the price-performance level that is appropriate for their applications. Click here for a list of certified teleports.

For more information about the Teleport Certification Program, visit http://www.worldteleport.org/?page=Certification or email WTA Membership Director Randall Barney at rbarney@worldteleport.org.
 

About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (
www.worldteleport.org) has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations.

About Telespazio
Telespazio, a Leonardo and Thales 67/33 joint venture, is one of the world’s leading operators in satellite services. Its activities range from the design and development of space systems to the management of launch services, from in-orbit satellite control to Earth observation, from integrated communications, satellite navigation and localisation services to scientific programmes. Telespazio plays a leading role in the reference markets harnessing technological experience acquired over the years. Since its establishment, the company has participated in major European space programmes such as Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus and COSMO-SkyMed. In 2017, Telespazio generated sales of EUR 564 million while employing approximately 2,500 people worldwide.
www.telespazio.com


For More Information

Matthew Owen

Communications Manager

World Teleport Association

mowen@worldteleport.org

212-825-0218 x105

Paolo Mazzetti
Head of Media Relations and External Communication
Telespazio

paolo.mazzetti@telespazio.com

+39 06 4079 6252


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